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THE DELTA INDEPENDENT. TWENTY-FOURTH YEAR NO. 7 A LOGICAL SOLUTION. North Fork Fruit Grower Hits Upon a Plan That Means Labor for Handling the immense Fruit Crops of Delta County. The fruit picking and packing labor question is a paramount question in this county today. A judicious solution of it means as much money to fruit grow ers as does th» growing of the fruit it self. 1906 is going to demand five times the help in Delta County than has ever before been needed. Is it here, or will it be here? If so, from where is it to come? Down to facts here is a matter that you and I have been wont to pass aside and fondly imagine will right it self. But the conditions at hand today do not show a dotation. But Mr. Theo dore Polling, a well known fruit grow er of Hotchkiss, Colorado, who has re cently been on a trip to California, has offered to the people of the county what may be the most logical solution. He would import the WHITE pickers and packers of California. His plan can best be laid before our readers by a copy of a letter written for publication and the Independent takes the liberty of using a few extracts from it. "Now I will express my views, what in my humble opinion is the most suita ble and experienced help we can get? We can get them and plenty of them if the people here want them and the rail road companies will make a one fare for the round trip. They are white men and women, all American pickers and packers of southern California. They are highly experienced, some of them do nothing else but this kind of of work. There are some 100 or more to Mightoads, hi 11 1 11. sin p—i» SOO ill Riverside, and any amount more in adjoining towns in California, all good, strong and robust workers, who are practically idle at the time of year • when we harvest our peaches and ap ples and would be glad to have the chance to come and see our country to gether with what they can earn in wages while here, who will say it would not be the best advertisement ever got ten up in the North Fork Valley. Some of these folks arc men and women with means and perhaps quite a few seeing and learning our resources, chances and opportunities would settle in our midst and become welcome neighbors and cit izens. I suggested this idea to a young bus iness man who is connected with a wholesale fruit house in Los Angeles and has been manager for one of the packing houses in Highlands and anoth er one in Redlands. He has a large ac quaintance among those following the handling of fruit picking and packing. He thought the scheme was a good one and we went together to see wha\ the sentiment would be among these work ers and we were soon convinced there would be no trouble to get all the help we would need provided we would in sure them about two and a half months work and procure for them a half fare rate." Now the next thing to be done is to get the railroads to grant this half fare rate. The Business Men's Association of Delta will do all in their power to further this idea and it is exi>ected that the Surface Creek organization will al so do it. This matter should be taken up in conjunction at the next meeting of the local association. That the plan of Mr. Polling is feasi ble seems to be without much idoubt. Follows an extract from a letter writ ten to Mr. Polling by a New York firm who are interested heavily in the North Fork Valley and Delta County. It is addressed to Mr. Polling and concerns Hotchkiss in wording but orcourse ex tends to the whole county in effect. "There is-no doubt but what tho D. & R. G., who will undoubtedly reap the largest benefit from shipments made from your locality, could be induced, and they in turn could induce connect* ing lines, to make a flat rate to South ern California, and particularly North ern California, where we consider the most experienced packers of Deciduous Fruits are to be found, and as tfcc De ciduous Fruit shipments out of North ern California will be practically over by the time the shipments begin from the North Fork Valley, we consider that that help would be better than the packers in Southern California, who pack mostly Citrus Fruits. Still, at a pinch, if the experienced help of Vaca ville, and through the Sacramento Val ley, Chico, and other Northern points, were not available, the Southern Cali fornia Citrus packers, would be far better than inexperienced Japs, Chinese or help that could be secured in the larger cities of the state. | As the growers in and around Hotch ( kiss are undoubtedly aware that we are ; quite interested in the fruit culture of I he North Fork Valley we, with them, j join in the hope that vour ideas will ; take concrete form, and if there is any ' thing that we could do at this end of the line in the way of inter* sting the D. & R. G. in making a reduced rate, to meet the requirements, as expressed in your letter, we trust that you or 1 others, will not fail to call upon us, as we consider that in Union there is strength, and that the serious problem that confronts the growers and others who arc interested in the welfare of the North Fork Valley the coming season, can be met with, and overcome. We are very much pleased indeed, that you have publicly expressed your views in the able manner in which you did, and we trust that this will only be the start of definite action on the part of all parties interested, and with best wishes, beg to remain.” Yours Very Truly, Rae & Hatfield. MAY REDUCE TAXES. Receipts From Forest Reserves Perhaps to be Divided With Counties in Which Situate. If a bill which the forest commission is pushing shall be passed. Delta County and other counties in the re serves have acreage, will benefit by a payment to them of five percent of the gross receipts obtained from rentals and permits. This is the plan of For estor Pinchot at present. It will mean a little return to the different counties coming from territory which now yields no revenue whatever. The department have no intention to restrict cattlemen from using ranges up to their lull capacity. A thorough investigation is to be made this year and from it will be determined what each area can support. In doing this it may be found that certain districts are overcrowded. Such being the case those fellows who have been negligent or careless about permits, guilty of trespassing and other things, will be the ones to lose out in the hereafter. The man who tries to live up to the regulations, in other words, is the fel low who is to receive the most consid eration from the hands of the depart ment. The loss of priority of permit might mean a great deal to any one cattle grower when it comes time for the next annual j>ermit granting period. Another point that will be looked after carefully is the trespass or intru sion of stock not holding permit on ac count of the unfairness to growers who have paid their fees. It would be man ifestly unfair to allow such proceedure. As the reserve and range regulations are gradually being learned and the ultimate good they are going to work realized, the "cattlemen themselves are beginning to think that it has all been a good move. To know that a grower is to be protected by the arm of the national government is worth much. To know that he may not be compelled to face conditions which mean no weight and poor condition at the end of the year, to feel secure that each one of his competitors is under the same re striction and regulation as he, and to realise that In the future no outside THE UFFICUE I’APE 1! OF DELTA COUNTY DELTA, COLORADO. FRIDAY, MARCH -23, 3 90G The new nominee for clerk. Sam H. Mcßride, is a man whom every voter of Delta can vote for and feel confident that the duties of the office will be faithfully and efficiently performed. Mr. Mc- Bride has been a resident of Delta county for eleeen years, seven years of which have been within the town of Delta itself. He is well known, is competent and besides deserves the honor and em oluments of the office for which he is running. The resignation of N. J. Bradley as a nominee for the above office made the selection of another man necessary. The committee, realizing that the office was Ipecifically one that demands the at tention of a man, did not consider for one moment the selection of a woman to run in the place of Mr. Bradley. The action of the nomination of Mr. Mcßride seems to meet with the general ap proval of the people and there is no question but what he will re ceive a large majority of the votes cast for this office. The atten tion of the voters is again respectfully called to the duties encum bent upon the clerk. Once a week it is necessary to turn the water on, in the morn ing and off again, at night, at the tanks on the mesa. To do this a long iron key of about six feet in length, is used. The clerk keeps this key in the office on Meelnr street. Now this part of the work is certainly that belonging to ai man. The Town of Delta also has a considerable quantity of iron pipe on hand which is offered for sile and is being purchased at differ ent times by different individual-. The clerk is obliged to measure this pipe, help separate it and often, of course, is obliged to use his strength in no small degree. Could a woman do this? Then in the collection of water rents it is often necessary to look for men in places that would not well become a woman. A man, as a rule, does not consider it essential that he so shall place himself that it would always bp convenient and expedient for a col lector to find him. The condition is not different in the case of water rents due the town. Hire is where a man is doubly more able to work expeditiously uJk l ) an advantage for the town. Last but not least is latwlpurs at council meetings. These are unavoidable. Men often amrOfe" suppose the No Saloon party wili claim that such should not be the case. But, nevertheless, they do. The atmosphere, then, sometimes is not that enjoyed by a woman. In fact the reasons why this office is palatably that be longing to a man are so many and so obvious that it seems almost absurd to listen to an argument otherwise. And it seems that even the No Saloon Party, who are espousing the cause of their lady nominee, are divided on the question. IGNORANCE OR NEFARIOUS DESIRE? The committee in charge of the No Saloon party, are respon sible for one, or perhaps two. rather disparaging decisions. Either they are sorely afraid that the people of Delta have not the amount of ordinary brain which will enable them go to the polls and vote the proper ticket or else they are afraid of their mam issue—No Saloons—and seek to gain such votes as they may by assuming a party head that will detract from the issue at stake. They have placed TWO tickets in the field. One is the Business Men’s Ticket and the other is the No Saloon ticket. Both parties have endorsed each others nominees and so a vote for one means a vote for the other. Thus it is hoped, apparently, to so arrange the conditions that shall a voter be positive that he shall vote for NO saloons, the vote will fall to the right parties and if another voter shall not be so radical on that question it is hoped that he may vote for the Business Men’s Ticket and thereby the No Saloon party will be sure to catch this vote. Now the Taxpayers of Delta are resorting to no such scheme. Straight out and out is their policy. One ticket and one list of nominees. They have confidence in the voters of Delta that enough gray matter has been provided that no votes will be lost. They are satisfied to allow their platform to go before the voters without us ing any means whereby votes may be gained through artifice or de ception. Vote a straight Tax Payers ticket and you will cast your lot with those who believe in you, have confidence in your ability to decide how you wish to vote and who will so conduct the affairs of your commonwealth that gain will be your return instead of loss. grower can force himself into a country ’ where there is no room for him, are ! probably a few of the deductions that have caused the reversion of feeling ■ first experienced. * — - ■•«>« »■ — , William J. Grow. | On Monday last, at hia home on i Tongue Creek, William J. Grow, u well known Delta County resident pass- , od to the great beyond. i Hia funeral was held yesterday and , the local Masonic Lodge, of which he ' SAM H. McBRIDE was a member, laid the remains away. He leaves a wife and several children , the oldest being only about twenty years of age. Mr. Grow was a pioneer of the Sun Juan and has been a resident of Delta County for many years. At one time' he was engaged in business in Lake City and at another time in Silverton. He was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the Grand Army Post at ; this point. His age was 56 and the! cause of his death was cerebral hem- j orrhage. | THEY ARE DISGUSTED. Delta County People are Beginning to Weary of “Yellow Journal” Spasms about Conditions in County The Laborer says a guess on the < “strongest man” was awarded to us. I Strong on what we do not know but its a pretty safe guess that it is on getting j out a newsy newspaper. It so happens that we are pretty well versant with I our abilities in that particular line. As to “where we will land” on supporting this fellow and that we have this to say. As far as supporting Mr. Getts we have no doubt in our own mind but what the people of Delta County are about as well satisfied with him and with the general conduction of the of fice as with anyone who has served for the past few years. Because a few disgruntled ones take occasion to at tempt to turn the feelings of the peo- I r>le. no criterion is established that anv “grafting” has been existing in the county. Mr. Getts may have been in discreet in some wavs. We all are and see our mistakes afterward. Because the countv purchased an Oliver tvoe writer from the local agent, and that agent was Mr. Getts. and because thev naid to him the regular orice they would have paid to any other agent, $107.50 (wide carriage.) there are some paper* in the county that think they are “springing” something by making blurring remarks about it and intimat ing a “rake off.” The county is out nothing. A local man makes commis >W li ■ i mm- OtMm hami paid this money to a Denver firm and managed to get the whole of the one hundred and seven dollars out of the county. No, you say? Why, sure the Laborer and the Booster both played sore head about it and thought it was all wrong. Now a lot of newspapers Dublish rubbish about “graft” and “ter rible conditions” and a bunch more of woe. A paper at Hotchkiss likens Del ta County conditions to that ot Conejos Nice talk, isn’t it- Good thing to send such a tirade out to the eastern people. Suppose Delta County has been the means of throwing some business deals to E. M. Getts. Suppose it has. And then just stop and think whether Mr. Getts has ever neglected his duty. Has he ever refused to drop his work and do something for the county. Has he not. to the best of his ability, worked hard to put this county onto a cash basis? And hasn’t he succeeded? You can bet your bottom dollar he has. Well then, why, in the judgment of the voters of Delta County (not the pa pers) should he not receive at least due thanks for this? Is it right, is it the act of true citizenship, to put a man into an office that every man knows is hard to fill, and because that man so placed has done what he thinks and knows to be just and right, to vilify him and throw mud and throw stones, figuratively. Have there been any big bridge con tract dealings that have not been hand led with business like sagacity? Have there been any big road contracts that have appeared shadowy? Has any for eign corporation or company been able to work the county for an unwarranted expense? No, there has been nothing like this. But all because E. M. Getts, county commissioner, has turned some of the county business to his firm, be cause he has done just what you and I and every single blessed man of us would do if we were in a like position, then, for this, he must be attacked and jeered upon and called a “grafter” and | implied a thief. It's sickening. It’s i babyish. It’s weak. It’s like the bab -1 tiling of youngsters and the tricks of | unscrupulous would-be public favor cur rishness. Cut it out. Forget it. Wait 'till something happens that amounts to something. Don't embroil a whole PRICE FIVE CENTS county into a j a rag on of doubt and be lief of “terrible conditions” when such is not the case. Comparing Conejos to Delta! Might as well compare Judas with his Master, Lincoln with the vilest thief behind the bars today. There is no more semblance and surely no more right to make such assertions than it would be for the editor of the Indepen dent to accuse the King of England of causing it to rain in Colorado. The ab surdity is just as pronounced. But for the past few months it has been the policy of some of the papers in this countv to take for granted that it is necessary to continually harp on ‘ ‘graft’* probably accenuated by insurance ex posures, etc. that have been the delight of the dailies of the country to lay be fore their readers. But people get tired. Mighty tired. And the people of Delta County are getting tired. Tired of nothing but wow!—wow!—wow! from the different papers about the “awful” conditions existing here. TO SEE THE WORLD. i Delta Youths Try it but are Brought Back to Parental Fireside. Leslie Conklin, a son of I. U. Conk lin and Fletcher Cockreham, a son of County Assessor Cockreham, both took it into their heads last week that a trip to see the outside world would be ad visable and accordingly left on Tues day’s train for Grand Junction. Their departure was discovered soon after ward and Ur. Conklin, reaching the of ficials of Grand Junction ty phone, ordered the boys arrested in their flight and sent back home. So on arrived. They took their defeat of leaving quite stoically and went back to school the same afternoon. Both are bright young lads and although some what unsophisticated to buck up against this world's cruel front would probably have made a go of it. A youth who has the nerve and grit to leave a com fortable home does not always go to the bad. Far from it. It often happens that a taste of the life they are invol untarily thrown into causes a realisa tion of what it means to not be able to look to “father” for everything and a consequence is a stifening of the backbone that brings a lad out on top. Yet the Independent would not advise any Delta boys to try the life with this end in view, for it many times occurs that all does not work out so beautiful ly as expected. And the Independent knows whereof it speaks. No Water. Last Sunday morning Delta people found little if any water in the mains. The cause was a break in the lower part of town. Mayor Gale very prompt ly had a force of men at work and soon after dinner the mains were full. One thing about Mr. Gale is very apparent. He doesnt wait for some else to get busy. He sees to things himself. » Picks up $25.00. ’ Guy Blair is not feeling well, mental | ly this week. While waiting for a I train at the depot last Monday he pick | ed up what appeared to be a cast-oft i tobacco sack. In fun he tossed it to ward a friend of his standing nearby. It fell to the platform. During the next ten minutes poor Mr. Tobacco Sack was stepped on and otherwise | mistreated Along came a man who | stopped to pick it up. Loosening the 1 string he found a twenty dollar and a . five dollar bill in it. Blair is still won ■ dering how it happened. Clint Oliver and Art Roberts, both of I Paonia, were in Delta last Saturday. Mr. Roberts is the man that bean the | distinction of owning some of the Hunt apple orchards in the world. And it pays him the coin, too. That, however, is s personal matter.